Nevada Union High

Summary:

Nevada Union High is a public high school located in Grass Valley, California, serving 1,458 students in grades 9-12. The school is part of the Nevada Joint Union High School District, which is ranked 569 out of 1,560 districts in the state and has a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger.

While Nevada Union High has maintained a relatively high four-year graduation rate, ranging from 90.4% to 95.0% over the past five years, the school has experienced some concerning trends. Its statewide ranking has declined from 308 out of 2,133 California high schools in 2018-2019 to 1,177 out of 2,335 in 2022-2023, with a corresponding drop in its SchoolDigger star rating from 4 to 2 stars. Additionally, the school's chronic absenteeism rate has sharply increased from 13.9% in 2018-2019 to 37.5% in 2022-2023, well above the state average. When compared to nearby schools like Bear River High, Nevada Union High generally performs worse on standardized tests and has a higher chronic absenteeism rate.

Another area of concern is the significant performance gap between White and Hispanic students at Nevada Union High. While the school's White students rank in the bottom 25% of California high schools, its Hispanic students rank in the middle 50%. This suggests the need for targeted interventions and support to address these racial disparities. Overall, the analysis of Nevada Union High reveals both strengths, such as its high graduation rates, and areas for improvement, including its declining statewide ranking, rising chronic absenteeism, and persistent achievement gaps among student subgroups.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 11761 Ridge Rd.
       Grass Valley, CA  95945-5025


(530) 273-4431

District: Nevada Joint Union High

SchoolDigger Rank:
1183rd of 2,348 California High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,545 Help


Feeder schools for Nevada Union High:

Elementary:    Bell Hill Academy
    Chicago Park Elementary
    Deer Creek Elementary
    Margaret G. Scotten Elementary
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Middle:    Lyman Gilmore Middle
    Seven Hills Intermediate
    Union Hill Middle

Student/teacher ratio:  24.8 Help
Number of students:  1,458

Racial breakdown:

White:
70.3%
Hispanic:
20.2%
Two or more races:
6.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  40.9% Help


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Compare Details Nevada Union High ranks worse than 50.4% of high schools in California. It also ranks 4th among 5 ranked high schools in the Nevada Joint Union High School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 38.7. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Nevada Union High freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Nevada Union High has the largest high school student body size in the Nevada Joint Union High School District. Racial makeup is: White (70.3%), Hispanic (20.2%), two or more races (6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 40.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Nevada Union High is 24.8. 3 high schools in the Nevada Joint Union High School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Nevada Union High is $11,545. 2 high schools in the Nevada Joint Union High School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Nevada Union High:

SchoolDigger ranks Nevada Union High 1183rd of 2348 California public high schools. (See Nevada Union High in the ranking list.)

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Nevada Joint Union High:

SchoolDigger ranks Nevada Joint Union High 573rd of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Nevada Union High

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Rank History for all students at Nevada Union High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 74.32 126th 1653 92.4%
2005 77.82 118th 1901 93.8%
2006 77.58 158th 1968 92.0%
2007 78.94 137th 2063 93.4%
2008 82.57 93rd 2117 95.6%
2009 77.42 152nd 2238 93.2%
2010 77.39 169th 2281 92.6%
2011 72.67 255th 2367 89.2%
2012 72.68 246th 2354 89.5%
2013 68.89 323rd 2426 86.7%
2015 70.30 538th 1994 73.0%
2016 80.80 366th 2039 82.1%
2017 80.79 396th 2021 80.4%
2018 80.79 392nd 2017 80.6%
2019 83.13 308th 2133 85.6%
2021 61.21 455th 1290 64.7%
2022 58.20 755th 2123 64.4%
2023 38.70 1183rd 2348 49.6%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Nevada Union High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 54.27 205th 422 51.4%
2022 17.26 440th 515 14.6%
2023 9.49 694th 786 11.7%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Nevada Union High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 29.11 1021st 1547 34.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Nevada Union High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 75.53 397th 1862 78.7%
2019 77.10 348th 1937 82.0%
2021 62.07 372nd 1126 67.0%
2022 41.23 1091st 1943 43.8%
2023 28.71 1447th 2247 35.6%
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Rank History for Female students at Nevada Union High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 81.67 322nd 1760 81.7%
2019 85.09 244th 1833 86.7%
2021 61.94 369th 1054 65.0%
2022 59.67 625th 1858 66.4%
2023 39.73 1081st 2118 49.0%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Nevada Union High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 63.13 248th 1052 76.4%
2019 49.02 427th 1117 61.8%
2021 47.24 222nd 555 60.0%
2022 40.83 559th 1161 51.9%
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Rank History for Male students at Nevada Union High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 75.56 449th 1834 75.5%
2019 75.84 398th 1880 78.8%
2021 53.21 475th 1122 57.7%
2022 52.31 784th 1916 59.1%
2023 35.59 1176th 2207 46.7%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Nevada Union High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 67.89 534th 1742 69.3%
2019 76.77 316th 1814 82.6%
2022 33.74 1228th 1861 34.0%
2023 45.33 974th 2142 54.5%
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Rank History for White students at Nevada Union High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 66.73 430th 1173 63.3%
2019 64.33 428th 1222 65.0%
2022 41.41 695th 1204 42.3%
2023 18.99 1107th 1434 22.8%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Nevada Union High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 2066 2 17 24 8 n/a n/a 0 2117
1989 1970 3 17 19 5 n/a n/a 0 2014
1990 1936 3 13 15 10 n/a n/a 0 1977
1991 2033 4 15 14 11 n/a n/a 0 2077
1992 2112 4 16 17 12 n/a n/a 0 2161
1993 2153 4 18 28 6 n/a n/a 0 2209
1994 2239 3 20 47 19 n/a n/a 0 2328
1995 2418 11 32 75 36 n/a n/a 0 2572
1996 2418 11 32 75 36 n/a n/a 0 2572
1997 2474 10 33 79 35 n/a n/a 0 2631
1998 2475 8 32 80 44 n/a n/a 0 2639
1999 2512 11 35 72 47 n/a n/a 12 2689
2000 2602 10 38 87 39 n/a n/a 9 2785
2001 2643 16 21 14 46 n/a n/a 14 2754
2002 2448 11 42 99 49 n/a n/a 0 2649
2003 2448 11 42 99 49 n/a n/a 0 2649
2004 2486 14 39 109 49 n/a n/a 1 2698
2005 2432 18 50 113 54 n/a n/a 11 2678
2006 2386 17 23 143 47 n/a n/a 58 2674
2007 2229 16 43 125 39 n/a n/a 34 2486
2008 2126 17 48 135 32 n/a n/a 0 2358
2009 2037 21 47 149 31 4 28 0 2317
2010 1888 19 39 142 71 11 94 0 2264
2011 1849 15 37 141 55 13 82 0 2192
2012 1763 15 37 146 51 10 65 0 2087
2013 1726 15 38 160 39 10 60 0 2048
2014 1602 10 37 154 28 9 67 0 1907
2015 1461 6 34 147 23 5 56 0 1732
2016 1377 10 34 167 20 3 42 0 1653
2017 1307 11 29 194 19 4 45 0 1609
2018 1218 15 31 209 23 1 49 0 1546
2019 1206 15 30 201 23 1 55 0 1531
2020 1190 17 28 222 21 3 59 2 1542
2021 1077 17 23 222 21 0 103 6 1469
2022 1065 12 24 257 16 0 100 3 1477
2023 1025 10 21 295 13 1 87 6 1458

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Nevada Union High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 2117 95.7 22.1 n/a
1989 2014 90.6 22.2 n/a
1990 1977 90.1 21.9 n/a
1991 2077 88.7 23.4 n/a
1992 2161 90.1 23.9 9.9
1993 2209 94.6 23.4 11.1
1994 2328 95.5 24.4 12
1995 2572 110.3 23.3 11.8
1996 2572 110.3 23.3 11.8
1997 2631 109.9 23.9 12.9
1998 2639 113.6 23.2 9.7
1999 2689 114.1 23.6 9.2
2000 2785 118.6 23.5 7.9
2001 2754 115.8 23.8 6.5
2002 2649 120.0 22.1 5.4
2003 2649 120.0 22.1 5.4
2004 2698 121.8 22.2 6.9
2005 2678 123.2 21.7 6
2006 2674 112.4 23.8 11.5
2007 2486 103.4 24.0 12.8
2008 2358 108.9 21.7 15
2009 2317 95.0 20.6 15.7
2010 2264 86.0 26.3 20.7
2011 2192 n/a n/a 25.5
2012 2087 86.7 24.0 17.1
2013 2048 82.1 24.9 26.2
2014 1907 81.2 23.4 33.6
2015 1732 79.0 21.9 34.9
2016 1653 79.0 20.9 35.3
2017 1609 80.2 20.0 34.4
2018 1546 79.2 19.4 40.7
2019 1531 77.4 19.7 41.9
2020 1542 n/a n/a 47
2021 1469 75.0 19.5 39.8
2022 1477 66.0 22.3 39.1
2023 1458 58.5 24.8 40.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Nevada Union High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 2117 95.7 22.1 n/a
1989 2014 90.6 22.2 n/a
1990 1977 90.1 21.9 n/a
1991 2077 88.7 23.4 n/a
1992 2161 90.1 23.9 9.9
1993 2209 94.6 23.4 11.1
1994 2328 95.5 24.4 12
1995 2572 110.3 23.3 11.8
1996 2572 110.3 23.3 11.8
1997 2631 109.9 23.9 12.9
1998 2639 113.6 23.2 9.7
1999 2689 114.1 23.6 9.2
2000 2785 118.6 23.5 7.9
2001 2754 115.8 23.8 6.5
2002 2649 120.0 22.1 5.4
2003 2649 120.0 22.1 5.4
2004 2698 121.8 22.2 6.9
2005 2678 123.2 21.7 6
2006 2674 112.4 23.8 11.5
2007 2486 103.4 24.0 12.8
2008 2358 108.9 21.7 15
2009 2317 95.0 20.6 15.7
2010 2264 86.0 26.3 20.7
2011 2192 n/a n/a 25.5
2012 2087 86.7 24.0 17.1
2013 2048 82.1 24.9 26.2
2014 1907 81.2 23.4 33.6
2015 1732 79.0 21.9 34.9
2016 1653 79.0 20.9 35.3
2017 1609 80.2 20.0 34.4
2018 1546 79.2 19.4 40.7
2019 1531 77.4 19.7 41.9
2020 1542 n/a n/a 47
2021 1469 75.0 19.5 39.8
2022 1477 66.0 22.3 39.1
2023 1458 58.5 24.8 40.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Nevada Union High

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $11,545

Data source: California Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Nevada Union High

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 308th of 2133 High schoolsRanks 1183rd of 2348 High schools
 35.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Nevada Union High)72.840.8
 32%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Nevada Joint Union High)68.847.1
 21.7%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)57.355.4
 1.9%
11th Grade Mathematics (Nevada Union High)40.120.2
 19.9%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Nevada Joint Union High)39.324.4
 14.8%
   11th Grade Mathematics (California)32.227.4
 4.9%
11th Grade Science (Nevada Union High)39.819.9
 19.8%
   11th Grade Science (Nevada Joint Union High)39.322.4
 17%
   11th Grade Science (California)30.431.7
 1.3%
12th Grade Science (Nevada Union High)388.3
 29.7%
   12th Grade Science (Nevada Joint Union High)38.225.7
 12.5%
   12th Grade Science (California)25.626.9
 1.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students15311458
 4.8%
African American1510
 33.3%
American Indian2313
 43.5%
Asian3021
 30%
Hispanic201295
 46.8%
Pacific Islander11
White12061025
 15%
Two or More Races5587
 58.2%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients41.9%40.9%
 1%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Nevada Union High

Nevada Union High is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Bell Hill Academy
Elementary : Chicago Park Elementary
Elementary : Deer Creek Elementary
Elementary : Margaret G. Scotten Elementary
Elementary : Union Hill Elementary
Middle : Lyman Gilmore Middle
Middle : Seven Hills Intermediate
Middle : Union Hill Middle

Students at Nevada Union High are 70% White, 20% Hispanic, 6% Two or more races, 1% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,458 students attended Nevada Union High.

Nevada Union High ranks 1183rd of 2348 California high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the California Department of Education.

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